What a game. What a win. What a masterful performance. It can still get better though and the ‘Caps can certainly improve and that’s what you’re wanting five games in, especially when you’re already top of the standings.
It’s a bit of an overused phrase but the win against LA was certainly something of a statement game from Vancouver. Second half goals from Kekuta Manneh and Octavio Rivero ultimately did the damage, and it should have been more. At the other end, Kendall Waston was tremendous once again and the defensive midfield shield of Matias Laba and Russell Teibert mopped up everything the Galaxy could feebly muster. LA had just one shot on target the whole game. That in itself says it all.
AFTN photographer Tom Ewasiuk was there to capture all the action before, during and after the game and here’s his “Story In Pictures” [Check out his website www.residualimagephotography.com for more of his photos and work].
BC Place awaits. Let the games begin
The officiating crew come out to play
The Whitecaps starting eleven against LA
It’s all fun and laughs in the ‘Caps huddle
Curva Collective are ramped up for the match
And so are the Southsiders
Robbie Keane complaining about the pitch already?!
How wide do you want the net?
The first half is so uneventful Robbo plays hide and seek with his management team
But it livens up in the second half as Pedro Morales plays in Kekuta Manneh with a beautiful reverse pass
And the young Gambian buries it past Jaime Penedo to make it 1-0 Whitecaps in the 56th minute
Manneh and Rivero celebrate their goalscoring prowess?
Ten minutes later, the Uruguayans combine and Nicolas Mezquida takes the ball off the feet of Rivero
Nico hits the byeline and cuts the ball back, but Penedo gets a hand on it
Straight in the path of Rivero who buries it for his fourth of the season for 2-0 Whitecaps
Rivero’s getting used to celebrating in MLS
The Uruguayan factor does it again
Darren Mattocks goes on a run. Where he’ll stop, nobody knows
Sub Erik Hurtado is next to try and add to the goals
But he can’t grab his first of the season just yet and it finishes 2-0 Vancouver
Let the celebrations begin
You can see a Flickr slideshow of all of Tom’s photos below:
And here’s Tom’s latest “The Story In Pictures” video slideshow backed by crowd noise: